EBD four-lane expansion…‘High-bridge’ reconstruction to commence
Despite inclement weather, the four-lane expansion works from the ‘high-bridge’ at Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) to Diamond/ Grove are moving apace. In fact, the contractor, BK International, has utilized the rainy conditions to compact the sand-filled lanes created.
According to the company’s Second Checker, the rains did not negatively impact the project. After the May-June rains loam and cement will be applied, before fully transforming the stretch into a four-lane road.
It was emphasized that the drainage capacity in the area was not tampered with to create the roadway. However, Diamond’s deplorable car park will be removed and probably be placed in neighbouring Grove to accommodate works on the corridor.
A significant portion of those works should conclude within the next three months.
Another major aspect of this US$3.4M project is the flattening of the ‘high-bridge’ and its expansion.
This will see disruption in the flow of traffic, but the company will try to enforce proper traffic management. The employee emphasized that to the right of the bridge a two-lane carriageway would be erected and to the left a one-lane road.
He added that those three-lanes would facilitate traffic while the contractor flattens the bridge. When concluded the new structure and the two lanes would be used as the main road, and the extra lane will be discarded.
The canal which empties water from DDL into the Demerara River would not be affected. The contractor will install pipes when reconstructing the structure. However, DDL’s wooden fence will have to be removed to accommodate the new lanes.
In addition, utility poles will have to be removed also.